Special Hobby 1/48 IMAM Ro.37
Reconnaissance
by Rodolfo Masti


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This aeroplane appeared in 1934. It was a reconnaissance aeroplane and for many years served as standard equipment in observation units. During the war, and particularly on the African front, the aeroplane was used in other roles, including tactical support and fighter duty. The biplane had a composite structure of wood and metal. It was a two-seater armed with one or two fixed machine guns and a movable gun in the rear cockpit. Two different engines were used in the production models: the 550 hp Fiat A.30 RA 12-cylinder V engine in the first version of the plane; and then the 560 hp Piaggio P.IX radial in the 37bis model.

The aeroplane first saw operational duty during the Spanish Civil War, and during the Second World War the Ro 37 saw duty on nearly all fronts except for Russia and the English Channel. The plane was also exported to Afghanistan, Ecuador, Hungary and Uruguay 1936-38.








Construction

The IMAM Ro.37 A.30 was a two-seater Italian reconnaissance plane, a product of the Industrie Meccaniche Aeronautiche Meridionali (IMAM) company. Powered by the FIAT A.30 RA, a 600-hp, liquid-cooled V-12, the Ro.37 could reach a top speed of 199 mph (332 kph) at 13,120 ft (4037 m), could land at 67 mph (112 kph), and had a service ceiling of 21,976 ft (6762 m).

The kit is the Special Hobby Ro.37 1/48 and is finished in a medium quality, grey soft plastic with recessed panel lines with a low level of detail. The kit contains a set of photo etched parts, resin parts and a high quality decal sheet. Overall a well engineered kit with some difficult to assemble.

I assembled a 103 Squadron Plane engaged in the Italian - Ethiopian War (c.a. 1936)



Technical Data

Aircraft: Meridionali Ro. 37
Manufacturer: S.A. Industrie Meccaniche & Aerondutiche Meridionali (I.M.A.M.)
Type: Reconnaissance
Year: 1935
Engine: FIAT A.30 RA, 12-cylinder V, liquid-cooled, 550hp
Wingspan: 36 ft 4 in (11.08m)
Length: 28 ft 3 in (8.62 m)
Height: 9 ft 9 in (2.95 m)
Weight: 5,269 lb (2,390 kg) (Loaded)
Maximum Speed: 202 mph (325 km/h)
Ceiling: 22,000 ft (6,700 m)
Range: 726 miles (1,168 km)
Armament: 2-3 machine guns
Crew: 2

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